No Mistakes Resume Checklist:
Looking for a job?
Don’t do this:
- Don’t send a resume without a cover letter.
- Don’t include an objective.
- Don’t include a summary.
- Don’t send a resume with mistakes.
But definitely do this:
- Do research on the company and the job.
- Tailor your resume specifically for the job description.
- Show them—don’t tell them—why you’re the person they should consider.
Before Your Resume Goes Out Check It For The Following:
- Make sure you have your email and phone number at the top, under your name.
- Are the fonts the right size?
- Are the margins set to at least 1 inch on all sides?
- Is the “view” set to 100%?
- Do you have enough white space?
- Is “Education” listed up front?
- Did you include descriptions for the companies?
- Are all of your dates of employment correct? Did you include the months?
- Are your titles listed properly, with dates for each one?
- List only the responsibilities that are relevant for the job.
- List the top few accomplishments and make them relevant.
- Make sure you use bullets; don’t lump the text together.
- Be sure to use impact words.
- Were you specific? Did you use numbers, percentages, and dollars to quantify accomplishments?
- Is your cover letter addressed properly?
- Does your cover letter sell you?
- Make sure your cover letter addresses the key points of the job description.
- Does your cover letter follow the three-section rule: Introduction, Sell, and Close?
- Go through everything meticulously.
- Have someone else go through it.
- Make sure you didn’t misuse any words.
- Check especially for homonyms, the ones the spell checkers don’t find.
- Double check for grammar, punctuation mistakes, and misused words. This is where they show up most often.
(yes, some of this is repeating what I said above, but it’s that important.)
- Don’t include an objective or summary.
- Don’t include a personal or hobbies section.
- Don’t lie or exaggerate.
- Don’t send your resume with mistakes.
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